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New artefacts and displays at the Museum of Island History

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The Queen arrives in Newport 1965

A fascinating collection of photographs of the Queen’s visit to Newport in 1965 will go on display at the Museum of Island History from next week.

The display will also feature photographs of the Island’s county town in the Coronation year.

To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, visitors to the museum situated within the historic Guildhall in Newport High Street can enter for free on Tuesday, 31 May, from 10am until 1pm.

Organised by the Isle of Wight Heritage Service, the event has been supported by Historic England as part of the Heritage High Street Action Zone Cultural Programme, ‘Renew Newport’.

Medieval gold ring found at Brighstone

Also on public display for the first time will be three new archaeological finds unearthed by local metal detectorists and reported to the Island’s finds liaison officer.

The discoveries include a gold ring, set with a blue cabochon (cut gemstone), dating from 1300-1400AD. It was found in Brighstone in 2019 and is similar to a ring found in Pembrokeshire in 2014.

There is also a delicate gold mount dating from 600 AD. The mount was probably attached to a larger piece of jewellery.

It is decorated with beaded wire and a red gem which could be a garnet. Similar examples of mounts of this type can be seen on the large cross of the Staffordshire hoard.

If you find something that you believe to be treasure or something archaeological which you would like identified then please get in touch with the finds liaison officer from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, Lewis Ferrero.

Please email to make an appointment.

The Museum of Island History is open every Tuesday and Thursday, between 10am and 1pm.